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    RULES

    TWDT Head Op: Ease
    Contributors: Wirah, Qan
    Hot or Not Writer: Ogron


    Schedule

    ASSUMING 6 TEAMS:

    Dates:

    July 7 -- Draft (3:00PM EST)
    July 14 -- Game 1/2
    July 21 -- Game 3/4 (FA Draft, 2:00PM EST)
    TBD - Trading Deadline (3:00PM EST)
    July 28 -- Games 5/6
    August 4 -- Games 7/8
    August 11 -- Games 9/10
    August 18 -- Semi-Finals
    August 25 -- Finals

    Teams will compete against every other team twice in each league throughout the regular season.


    ASSUMING 8 TEAMS:

    Dates:

    July 7 -- Draft (3:00PM EST)
    July 14 -- Game 1/2
    July 21 -- Game 3/4
    July 28 -- Games 5/6 (FA Draft, 2:00PM EST)
    TBD - Trading Deadline (3:00PM EST)
    August 4 -- Games 7/8
    August 11 -- Games 9/10
    August 18 -- Games 11/12
    August 25 -- Games 13/14
    September 1 - Quarter-Finals
    September 8 -- Semi-Finals
    September 15 -- Finals

    Teams will compete against every other team twice in each league throughout the regular season.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The remainder of these rules are written assuming six teams. If there are enough players for eight teams, the rules will be adjusted accordingly.


    Regular Season Timeslots:

    TWDT-D -- 3:00PM EST
    TWDT-D -- 3:30PM EST
    TWDT-J -- 4:00PM EST
    TWDT-J -- 4:30PM EST
    TWDT-B -- 5:00PM EST
    TWDT-B -- 5:30PM EST

    Playoff Timeslots:

    TWDT-D -- 2:00PM EST
    TWDT-J -- 3:30PM EST
    TWDT-B -- 5:00PM EST

    TWDT-D starts one hour early in the playoffs, while TWDT-J stars thirty minutes early, to ensure games finish on-time for our European players who are up very late and have work the next day.

    Lineups

    Restrictions

    TWDT-D: Not to exceed 40* total per lineup. Any lineup added that is 40* or below is valid.
    TWDT-J: Not to exceed 40* total per lineup. Any lineup added that is 40* or below is valid.
    TWDT-B: Not to exceed 67* total per lineup. Any lineup added that is 67* or below is valid.

    These lineup restrictions apply at all times. You are not allowed, at any point of a live match, to exceed the maximum * total per lineup. This will apply to subs as well. If a player dies out in TWDT-D/J, his or her star value remains as part of your team's total. Captains should advise themselves and their assistants to have a calculator ready and to have valid substitutions mapped out before matches begin.

    If there is an honest mistake such as subbing two players in quick succession and going over the cap for a short moment before quickly fixing it, you must have reasonable evidence that the player who made the lineup invalid did not impact the game (i.e. shoot, repel, attach, burst), for as long as the lineup was invalid. If an appeal is proposed about this error and the captain is unable to absolve himself with evidence, he will be forced to forfeit the game 50-0 or 15:00-0:00.

    Borrowing

    TWDT-D/TWDT-J:
    • Only players already rated in the draft are eligible to be borrowed.
    • Teams are permitted ONE 7* or below borrow per game if they're unable to field a valid lineup from their own roster.
    • A borrowed player must be confirmed by a League Op before he's considered eligible to play. If a player is not confirmed eligible for borrowing, the team who added the ineligible player will forfeit the match 50-0. Captains and League Ops should always have ?log running to verify a borrow agreement in the case of potential appeals.
    • Borrowed players are only eligible before the start of the game. Subbing in a borrowed player is not permitted and will result in a forfeit.

    TWDT-B:
    • Only players already rated in the draft are eligible to be borrowed.
    • Teams are permitted TWO 7* or below borrows per game if they're unable to field a valid lineup from their own roster.
    • Borrowed players must be confirmed by a League Op before they're considered eligible to play. If a player has not been confirmed for borrowing and is added, the team borrowing the ineligible player(s) will forfeit the match 15-0. Captains and League Ops should always have ?log running to verify the agreement in case of potential appeals.
    • Borrowed players are only eligible before the start of the game. Subbing in a borrowed player is not permitted and will result in a forfeit.
    Borrowing in the Playoffs:
    • The same borrowing rules apply from the regular season, but the pool of potential borrows will be limited to rated players who have been eliminated from playoff contention.


    Trades

    For the first few weeks of the tournament, trading will be open from Sunday at 7:00PM EST until the next Friday at 3:00PM EST. This allows 48 hours for league ops to approve or deny proposed trades before the matches begin the following Sunday.

    The final trading deadline will be TBD at 3:00PM EST.

    Each captain will have a maximum of four trades before the deadline. A single transaction has no maximum amount of players per trade. Each successful trade, no matter how many players involved, will count as one transaction for each captain.

    Trading FA picks will be possible, but the value of the potential pick will be determined by the quality of player(s) who are expected to be available at the specific drafting position. It will also count as one of a captain's four trades per season.

    Before being official, all trades must be proposed on the forums under the TWDT Winter 2019 Trades thread and must be approved by the TWDT League Op team.

    We will be using the trade calculator, but with the new lineup caps, if there's an argument for teams trading each other equal value (relative to each roster) despite total * disparity, they may still be considered valid trades. League Ops also have the right to veto any trades that are obviously one-sided or questionable due to malicious reasons (i.e. sabotaging their own team.)

    All trades must be approved/denied within 48 hours by the league op team with an explanation of their reasoning behind the decision.

    Bans

    Players are subjected to bans or other punishments, to be decided by league ops on a case-by-case, common sense basis. Some cases will absolutely not be tolerated or negotiated:
    • Trading names without notifying league ops or logging on someone else's name during a match is an auto-ban from participating in TWDT for a minimum of (2) seasons.
    • Playing under an alias that is immune to proper alias checking while not providing your real alias. The league team can only properly rate a player if they've been identified. Overpowered players who abuse this will forfeit their opportunity to participate with a season long ban.
    • Threatening a captain prior to the draft of not showing or refusing to play for them after being picked will constitute an immediate warning. If the behavior continues, the player will be banned for a minimum of (2) seasons. Be an adult and ask for a trade. If that doesn't work, be a bigger adult and soldier through for the sake of the community and your future in TWDT.


    Current Bans:

    None.

    NOTE: Cyclone removed from ban list on 6/8. There is no practical reason to ban Cyclone from the league. If a cap thinks he will troll, the cap has no reason to add him. If a cap wants to take a chance on him, there's no reason the cap shouldn't be able to.


    Appeals

    Every captain will have a maximum of three appeals per league throughout the regular season. Every playoff match will be eligible to be appealed.

    Appeals must be submitted within 24 hours of the incident on the TW forums. A detailed account of the situation and the argument for the appeal should be provided in the thread. Failure to submit an appeal within 24 hours will deem the appeal invalid and the results of the game in question will be considered final.

    The league op team will respond to appeals within 72 hours after the appeal was posted with a verdict and an explanation of their reasoning behind the decision.

    If an appeal is granted, the game will be replayed at an agreed time that works for both teams involved. If the opposing team is unwilling to reschedule their match at a reasonable date, they will forfeit the replay.

    Note: If something unforeseen happens that isn't accounted for in the rules or has no precedence, league ops are responsible for coming up with a common sense, rational, and fair ruling on the situation.

    Emergency Scenarios:

    In the unlikely event that something catastrophic or completely unforeseen happens that has the potential to ruin the season, the league operators will do their best to solve the issue with the best interest of the TWDT season as a whole in mind. TWDT captains will all be consulted and play a role in handling such a critical decision.

    Playoffs
    • The four teams with the most total wins throughout the regular season will qualify for the playoff bracket in all leagues.
    • Although the four teams qualify for all leagues, seeding will be determined by win totals in each league.
    • The team with the most warbird wins will be the #1 seed in TWDT-D. The team with the least amount of warbird wins will be the #4 seed. The team with the second most javelin wins will be the #2 TWDT-J seed and play against the team with the 3rd most javelin wins as the #3 seed. This will apply for all leagues.
    Example: (Wins are in WB/Jav/Base order.)

    Thunder 8/7/5, Legio XI 6/8/4, Power 5/9/7, Terrorist 3/6/9

    Warbird playoffs would be: 1. Thunder vs 4. Terrorist, 2. Legio XI vs 3. Power
    Javelin playoffs would be: 1. Power vs 4. Terrorist, 2. Legio XI vs. 3. Thunder
    Base playoffs would be: 1. Terrorist vs 4. Legio XI, 2. Power vs. 3. Thunder
    • Tiebreaks: Head-to-head record, then plus-minus overall (all per league)
    • Star Cap Limits remain in place for the playoffs
    • Only players who have been eliminated from playoff contention are eligible to be borrowed
    • Borrowed players who play a full game in the Semis or Finals earn a medal for their contributions.
    • Playoffs Format is is a Best of 3 in TWDT-D, TWDT-J, and TWDT-B. All warbird and javelin games are to 50, and all basing games are to 15 minutes.
    Playoff Schedule

    As mentioned earlier, to account for the best of three format, TWDT-D matches will begin an hour early and TWDT-J matches will begin 30 minutes early.

    TWDT-D -- 2:00PM EST
    TWDT-J -- 3:30PM EST
    TWDT-B -- 5:00PM EST

    Main Draft

    The draft will take place on TBD at 3:00PM EST. The picking order will be generated live using an online randomizer one hour before the draft. Once the picking order is randomized, the draft will snake until the last player is selected.

    Round 1: 1 -> 2 -> 3 -> 4 -> 5 -> 6
    Round 2: 6 -> 5 -> 4 -> 3 -> 2 -> 1
    Ad infinitum

    Schedule:

    1:00PM EST: Main Draft Signups are locked. All future signups go into FA.
    2:00PM EST: Picking Order is randomized on Live Stream
    3:00PM EST: Main Draft

    Free Agency Draft

    The FA draft will take place on TBD at 2:00PM EST, 1 hour before the Week 2 games begin. The picking order will be reversed from round one of the main draft and will snake after the first round.

    Round 1: 6 -> 5 -> 4 -> 3 -> 2 -> 1
    Round 2: 1 -> 2 -> 3 -> 4 -> 5 -> 6
    Ad infinitum

    FA Players are immediately eligible to play all Week 2 games after being drafted.

    Schedule:

    1:00PM EST: FA Draft Signups are locked. Players can no longer signup for TWDT.
    2:00PM EST: FA Draft
    3:00PM EST: Week 2 Games Start

    Players asking to sign up after 1:00PM EST may be allowed entry to the FA Draft at the TWDT Head Ops discretion, but is under no obligation to do so.

    Signups

    Main Draft:

    Players must sign up by 1:00PM EST on Draft Day Sunday, two hours prior, to be eligible for selection in the main draft, as Captains must have adequate time to consider all prospects and adjust their draft sheets, and the picking order occurs 1 hour before the draft, and league operators are extremely busy leading up to the event.

    All signups after 1:00PM EST on TBD will be added to the FA draft pool.

    The FA deadline is 1:00PM EST on TBD

    Message From The League Op Team

    Thanks for participating in one of the two premier leagues of Trench Wars, the Summer 2019 Season of TWDT!

    There are several new changes to the format this season, as we've gotten rid of the old lineup restrictions and replaced them with a new lineup cap system to promote more parity and flexibility across the league. Trades are now possible for one more week than usual to provide even more avenues for captains to build a championship team. The rules for appeals are now more thoroughly defined. The playoff seeding will now be on a per-league basis (although the four teams with the most total wins will still qualify for the playoffs). Everything else should feel familiar if you've played TWDT in recent memory.

    Qualified, veteran players will be selected to ensure you have the best possible TWDT experience and remain competitive throughout the season.

    As a player, it's expected you conduct yourself like an adult throughout your time in the league. You're playing with a community full of other adults with jobs, social lives, families, and other commitments outside of trench wars. Acting childish and throwing temper tantrums, while not a bannable offense, will not go unnoticed by the community. Do not waste other people's valuable time with unnecessary bullshit. Learn to play with other people, it's really not that difficult.

    If you're interested in contributing to TWDT in any way, reach out to Ease or Ogron. If you enjoy creating content or want to help out with league work or staff duties, we would gladly use your services to help make this season as enjoyable as possible.

    We also appreciate the recent herculean effort by the community that brought this game back to life. It's because of that effort that we're able to run another season of TWDT.

    Welcome back, good luck and thanks for participating.

    -TWDT 2019 League Op Team
    Last edited by With Ease; 06-13-2019, 10:01 PM.
    1:Racka> how long that skyforger weirdo been hunting you in elim?
    1:Ogron> 3-4 months
    1:Racka> looooooooooooooooooool
    1:zidane> loool that guy hates you
    1:Ease> gg
    1:Racka> pretty sad tbh
    1:zidane> def something wrong in that guys IRL

  • #2
    Credit to Mythril for writing these rules last season, which I've copy pasta'd with light modifications.

    These rules are not finalized, I just posted the thread for Ease to edit and modify in the coming weeks. In particular, the dates are not finalized, the star cap may be changed depending on the amount of signups, and the tiebreaker procedure is likely to change.
    1:Racka> how long that skyforger weirdo been hunting you in elim?
    1:Ogron> 3-4 months
    1:Racka> looooooooooooooooooool
    1:zidane> loool that guy hates you
    1:Ease> gg
    1:Racka> pretty sad tbh
    1:zidane> def something wrong in that guys IRL

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    • #3
      im slightly confused on one thing...40* or BELOW lines are invalid...i mean sure captains will try to maximize usage of stars to 40 if possible, but do u mean exceeding 40 is invalid?

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      • #4
        Read what he said...Ease will read over the rules and finalise them. This is a copy and pasted version of Mythril rules fro. Last season.
        Best warbird to ever enter trenchwars

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        • #5
          okey, i help point out a revision! ha

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ixt View Post
            im slightly confused on one thing...40* or BELOW lines are invalid...i mean sure captains will try to maximize usage of stars to 40 if possible, but do u mean exceeding 40 is invalid?
            You've misread what Mythril wrote.

            "TWDT-D: Not to exceed 40* total per lineup. Any lineup added that is 40* or below is valid."

            Any lineup added that is 40* or below is valid.

            There is an invalid here, but not in the rules.
            1:Racka> how long that skyforger weirdo been hunting you in elim?
            1:Ogron> 3-4 months
            1:Racka> looooooooooooooooooool
            1:zidane> loool that guy hates you
            1:Ease> gg
            1:Racka> pretty sad tbh
            1:zidane> def something wrong in that guys IRL

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            • #7
              meh im sure all previous and potential caps are aware of the rules either way...Paky Dude 4 captin

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